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Wifi, Live TV And V.O.D. Now On All SWA -7 & -8  
User currently offlineairliner371 From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 1280 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5765 times:

All Southwest 737-700s and -800s now have WiFi, Live TV and Video On Demand.

http://www.blogsouthwest.com/video/tv-and-movies-demand-wifis-got-it

Some highlights...

Quote:

Pricing:
WiFi access: $8
TV: $5 (includes unlimited access to live television channels and on-demand television episodes)
Movies: $5 per movie
Quote:

We will be adding up to 20 channels of live television this year including children's and general interest programming.

Now, people can stop saying they don't offer inflight entertainment and frankly you can stop calling them no frills.


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User currently offlinemesaflyguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 2484 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5752 times:
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Wow, as involved in these forums and aviation news sites as I thought I was, I had no idea they were putting TVs in their planes. I knew they trialed them a few years ago but then I thought they abandoned them.

Good for WN and yes, no longer are they no-frills (not that they ever really were).



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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 16940 posts, RR: 48
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5720 times:

I think this is the sign of things to come; makes you wonder if spending on all the UA/B6/VX/DL PTVs is for nought...


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User currently offlinejohnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2563 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5698 times:

I don't believe they are putting TV's -- it's wireless (laptops, tablets).

I also note that they've raised the WiFi price by 3 bucks.
Not surprising but interesting nonetheless.


User currently offlineairliner371 From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 1280 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5701 times:

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 1):
I had no idea they were putting TVs in their planes

There is not going to be a physical TV in every seat... ie. bring your device and you can watch live TV from Row44 on your device. The link at the top has details.

[Edited 2013-02-19 11:50:40]


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User currently offlinemesaflyguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 2484 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5640 times:
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Quoting airliner371 (Reply 4):

Ooooh. Sorry my iPad won't let me open the link for some reason   



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User currently offlinetonytifao From Brazil, joined Mar 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5639 times:

Quoting mesaflyguy (Reply 1):
Wow, as involved in these forums and aviation news sites as I thought I was, I had no idea they were putting TVs in their planes. I knew they trialed them a few years ago but then I thought they abandoned them.

Good for WN and yes, no longer are they no-frills (not that they ever really were).

Not PTVs, but you can watch live TV on your tablet or pc.


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5594 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 2):
I think this is the sign of things to come; makes you wonder if spending on all the UA/B6/VX/DL PTVs is for nought...

It isn't; when given the choice, in my experience flying DL on PTV-equipped aircraft, I always see more passengers using the PTVs than their own personal devices. It's all about convenience.



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User currently offlineouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4482 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5591 times:

I would almost say they went the smart way around with this. They get to save on the weight by not having PTVs in every seat and there is a growing number of pax that are bringing their own devices anyway.


Any opinion/comment posted is that of my own and not that of Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2649 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5591 times:
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If they add some more channels I would for sure be interested in the live tv. On my last couple WN flights I was torn between the wifi and the live tv. But the poor selection of channels really pushed me to the Wifi. Good to see they have such good offerrings on their flights. They're slowly but surely becoming my carrier of choice.
Pat



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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5575 times:

Quoting ouboy79 (Reply 8):
I would almost say they went the smart way around with this. They get to save on the weight by not having PTVs in every seat and there is a growing number of pax that are bringing their own devices anyway.

While growing, they are still a minority, and most people, if given a choice, would easily choose PTVs due to convenience. This has been my experience on DL aircraft with PTVs.



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User currently offlineRDH3E From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 1459 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5534 times:

The wi-fi is UNGODLY slow. Just FYI. This isn't a complaint, but a comparison to the other products that are available in the market.

The provided movies will stream well, because they are on the system on the plane, but the internet service itself is extremely slow, I know, I used it twice last week    I really hope UA's will be faster.


User currently offlineORDBOSEWR From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5531 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 2):
I think this is the sign of things to come; makes you wonder if spending on all the UA/B6/VX/DL PTVs is for nought...

UA is taking multiple approaches. They are doing a similar thing as WN for the pmUA narrowbody aircraft and for 747 economy.


User currently offlineouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4482 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5458 times:

Quoting RDH3E (Reply 11):
The provided movies will stream well, because they are on the system on the plane,

I'm pretty sure the movies are being streamed in as well, not in an onboard system.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 10):
While growing, they are still a minority, and most people, if given a choice, would easily choose PTVs due to convenience. This has been my experience on DL aircraft with PTVs.

While true, the PTV system is also going to have higher costs associated with it. Most on board offerings see a less than 10% usage for paid features when you look at all airline offerings. At some point it becomes a waste of money to outfit aircraft when there is a growing number of people with tablets. Still a long way to go, but growth in the tablet sector will likely continue to grow at a good clip as new tech is available.



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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5412 times:

Quoting ouboy79 (Reply 13):

Quoting RDH3E (Reply 11):
The provided movies will stream well, because they are on the system on the plane,

I'm pretty sure the movies are being streamed in as well, not in an onboard system.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 10):
While growing, they are still a minority, and most people, if given a choice, would easily choose PTVs due to convenience. This has been my experience on DL aircraft with PTVs.

While true, the PTV system is also going to have higher costs associated with it. Most on board offerings see a less than 10% usage for paid features when you look at all airline offerings. At some point it becomes a waste of money to outfit aircraft when there is a growing number of people with tablets. Still a long way to go, but growth in the tablet sector will likely continue to grow at a good clip as new tech is available.

Well, DL seems to disagree, and will be retrofitting the 753s with AVOD. In addition, all of the 739ERs will have AVOD installed at the factory. DL is not stupid; there is still a market for PTVs according to them.



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User currently offlinecactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2430 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5412 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 7):
It isn't

That's your opinion.

Personally I would rather have the option to watch TV or something on my iPad or laptop rather than the PTV in front of me. My iPad has superior screen size, superior resolution and superior sound quality than any PTV I've had the opportunity to use (DL and F9). Those screens were so tiny, what were they like 4-5" each? My iPad has a 9.7" screen, much better for viewing things. The only real holdup I see is price rationalization. WN wants to charge $8 for the option to use it, but if you're on a 2 hour PHX-TUL flight, and not connecting to anywhere, that price is a bit steep for "most people"

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 7):
in my experience flying D
Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 10):
and most people, if given a choice, would easily choose PTVs due to convenience. This has been my experience on DL aircraft with PTVs

Did you survey "most people" or you're just going off your opinions again? Tablets are still relatively new to the world, I would guess that "most people" don't have tablets as of yet. Once they become a little less expensive and people start buying more and more, I bet that "most people" will be watching them over a PTV, that's my opinion.


I recently flew TUL-DFW-PHX and back on AA MD80's with wifi and was surprised at how many people I saw using laptops or tablets during the flights.



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User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5365 times:

I would much rather have my own device with content I know is on it. Why risk having the airline tell you what you want to see.


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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5346 times:

Quoting cactus739 (Reply 15):


I'm going by visual observation. Furthermore, your AA MD-80 comparison is flawed since they are not equipped with IFE of any kind, making personal devices the only choice for entertainment. Put AVOD on them and you will see a huge differenece in number of those using the IFE vs. those using personal devices.



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User currently offlinecactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2430 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5283 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 17):
your AA MD-80 comparison is flawed

While it might not compare well against DL and PTV, since this thread is about WN and how they're going about adding IFE, I felt it fit in quite well. I notice how you didn't comment on the inferiority of PTV's over tablets when it came to screen size and display quality.

I'm going to quit now.... I've read your posts long enough to know that PTV is one of two things you care about so really there's no point in arguing this with you.



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User currently offlineairliner371 From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 1280 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5249 times:

Quoting ouboy79 (Reply 13):

  

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 17):

And your Delta comparison isn't fair either. What if people don't know what the wi-fi can do and just think the TV has it, what about the the flight length etc... Visual observations in this case aren't gonna be fair because there are too many variables.

Delta thinks PTV is the way to go, Southwest thinks streaming to the device is the way to go, the best solution is gonna be different for every airline, Delta and Southwest can both be right for there own airlines because they have different operations.



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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5202 times:

Quoting airliner371 (Reply 19):
Delta thinks PTV is the way to go, Southwest thinks streaming to the device is the way to go, the best solution is gonna be different for every airline, Delta and Southwest can both be right for there own airlines because they have different operations.

Well, DL is offering both, thus giving customers a choice. Removing PTVs would alienate many loyal DL FFs, and would simply be throwing away millions of dollars invested.



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22306 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5159 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 20):
Removing PTVs would alienate many loyal DL FFs,

Proof?

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 20):
would simply be throwing away millions of dollars invested.

WN doesn't have that problem. Maybe that's why the right solution for DL and the right solution for WN are different. It would seem that both WN and DL recognize the value of a consistent product across their domestic narrowbody fleets.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13255 posts, RR: 62
Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5132 times:
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Kudos to WN for coming up with an innovative approach to onboard IFE. I suggested this very same idea to the AS officers' group during a meeting 4 years ago and it never was never taken up.

I'm glad to see I wasn't alone in my thinking that this would be a winner.



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User currently offlinetoobz From Finland, joined Jan 2010, 752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5085 times:

Yawn...and to the folks saying nobody watches PTVs on DL..bs. I guarantee you I have been on more DL flights than you and can say that 90%+ enjoy the complimentary offerings. Keep your Luv, I'll keep mine.

User currently offlinemcdu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1436 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5070 times:

Did the put power ports at each seat?

25 airbazar : That doesn't mean that most people will bring their tablets with them when they fly, just like today most people own laptops and they don't carry the
26 BD338 : I find it varies but it can be incredibly slow, drops the connection, can take many attempts to connect etc. I wouldn't pay $8 (quietly increased fro
27 Barney Captain : I always thought that as well - then I read this; Q: I just want email. Won't the addition of these entertainment options require a ton of bandwidth?
28 Post contains images ouboy79 : Every airline does things different that works for their model. WN also has a WiFi system that is satellite based that will work pretty much anywhere
29 alggag : How much drag does the satellite bubble add? Is it small enough to still come out ahead of the weight added by PTV?
30 FlyPNS1 : Hardly. PTV's on DL domestically are extremely hit and miss. Much of DL's domestic fleet does not have them and never will. If you're loyal to DL bec
31 jayunited : This is the way to go, adding a PTV at every seat adds a lot of weight to an aircraft adding satellite based wifi with a debated pipeline for live TV
32 Derik737 : It's definitely not insignificant. I've been told that it negates the winglets. I'd love to see the actual performance numbers myself.
33 jr : I have never flown WN, but I have tried the gogo internet multiple times on DL and AS and it was too slow for it to be worthwhile. It is something I
34 Post contains links ouboy79 : I think it depends on the device you are using when it comes to power usage. It also comes down to people using their device appropriately to maximiz
35 Cubsrule : One thing WN has done a really good job of in the past couple of years is bringing power to its gate areas. There are only a few airports--mostly sma
36 bobloblaw : Weight is a reason PTV's and especially AVOD are a thing of the past. I dont know if WN's entertainment system will be ground based or they will simp
37 ouboy79 : Barney covered that up in Reply 27. Movies are on board, TV is through a separate broadband channel.
38 flyiguy : When is the last time you used Row 44 on SWA? This was true in the past but since it was slow the provider spent something like 45 milion on upgradin
39 RDH3E : Last week. Took nearly a minute to load the google homepage.
40 ADent : Don't forget the moving map is also available from the wifi for free.
41 jr : I don't believe the comparison from that link there allows for wifi being on while running a movie or entertainment. Huge difference. Also, its not a
42 ual-fan : This is so cool. I am on a flight tomorrow and I can't wait to try it out. I thought Delta was going to do something like this. Paying $15.00+ for "Go
43 ouboy79 : There was another link I thought I posted that discussed battery life with wifi on all the time, that showed results that still allowed devices to be
44 mcdu : Go ahead and blame the passengers. However, I believe power is key to getting someone to buy your new service. You cite articles about battery life.
45 ouboy79 : Perhaps if demand is high enough and it makes financial sense, then it will be added later. Airlines' in flight wifi services through barely see a 5-
46 Cubsrule : How about laptops? I don't know many laptops that are not enormous that have that type of battery life. Many of us carry around--and work on--laptops
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